After last Thursday's evening storms had passed we set out for a late dinner, no destination in mind. We popped into the Mermaid Inn, but found it taken over by a private party. We rounded the corner and found ourselves outside SobaKoh. We had tried to eat here a few weeks ago on a Monday night, the one day of the week they're closed, so we were happy to find ourselves back again -- this time on a Thursday night.
Soba is a type of
Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour. Did you know: Unlike most cereals,
buckwheat is not a true grass and in the same family (Polygonaceae) as sorrel and rhubarb. At SobaKoh, the noodles are handmade from organic buckwheat and perfectly delicious.
I ordered one of the night's special cold sobas, served with ikura (salmon roe) and Japanese white radish. Anil had the hot soba with ebi (shrimp) tempura on the side. For dessert, I could not resist ordering the black sesame pudding, an excellent summertime alternative to the hot black sesame soup I used to enjoy as a kid. Looking forward to eating here again.
309 East 5th Street (near Second Ave)
Nueva New York is "the complete blog to Latino life in the five boroughs." Looks like they're just getting started, hopefully it'll become a great Latino food resource. I love this bit from a recent post:
Fair supermarket, the amazingly international chain of stores owned by
an amazingly international (even by New York multiculti standards)
Palestinian-Venezuelan-American family, is usually a fun place to shop
for things Indian to Brazilian to Salvadoran to organic.
But do they really have to stock the whole frozen guinea pigs in the fruit pulp section, alongside frozen slabs of guanábana, mango and coconut? Someone could make a terrible milkshake mistake.